GMB London Region says pay rises for public sector workers is a smokescreen
GMB London Region welcomes the Chancellors announcement of pay rises for public sector workers, but says it does not go far or wide enough
These pay rises will go to less than 20% of public sector workers and to nobody who have been outsourced to a private sector company such as many hospital cleaners and porters.
Sunak has also said that there is no new money for pay and the rises will have to come out of existing budgets, leaving NHS Trusts and local councils with the unenviable task of trying to balance the books and potentially looking at cuts and redundancies as a means of paying for the increases.
In a letter to government departments Sunak has also said “we must exercise restraint in future public sector pay awards”. Raising fears that those key workers not covered by yesterday’s announcement will be presented with below inflation settlements later in the year or next year and that as the threat of Covid-19 diminishes the country will be dragged back into a period of austerity by the Tories.
GMB London Region is asking the government to think again. They should be planning for growth and investment and not more austerity and misery.
We clapped for key worker every Thursday night during the crisis, but clapping does not pay the bills. They deserve better than the Chancellor served up to them yesterday.